Vladivostok, Russia, 25th November 2010—Customs officers from Russia and China met last week to strengthen international co-operation in tackling cross-border smuggling of Tigers and other wildlife products.
TRAFFIC aims to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature
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St Petersburg, Russia, 24th November 2010—Leaders from Tiger range countries have endorsed a Global Tiger Recovery Programme (GTRP) that aims to ensure a doubling of the world’s wild Tiger population by 2022.
Currently the estimated number of wild Tigers is around 3,200 animals, down from 100,000 a Century ago.
Cambridge, UK, 23rd November 2010—Methods to verify the geographic origin of timber in trade were discussed earlier this month at a two-day conference in Eschborn, Germany.
The conference on Genetic and isotopic fingerprinting techniques—practical tools to verify the declared origin of wood was organized by the German Technical Development Co-operation (GTZ) and WWF Germany.
Bangkok, Thailand, 19th November 2010—Black markets along Myanmar, Thailand and China’s shared borders play a crucial role facilitating the deadly illicit trade in Tigers and other endangered species say TRAFFIC and WWF in the lead up to the International Tiger Forum taking place next week in St Petersburg, Russia.
Cambridge, UK, 9th November 2010—Parts of at least 1,069 Tigers have been seized in Tiger range countries over the past decade, according to new analysis of Tiger seizures carried out by TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network.
Reduced to Skin and Bones (PDF, 4 MB) shows that from January 2000 to April 2010, parts of between 1,069 and 1,220 Tigers were seized in 11 of the 13 tiger range countries—or an average of 104 to 119 animals per year.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 4th November 2010—Wildlife smuggler Anson Wong, sentenced to six months in jail in September, has seen his prison term raised to five years by a Malaysian High Court.
TRAFFIC India exposes the surreptitious owl trade in India
New Delhi, India, 2nd November 2010—Use of owls in black magic and sorcery driven by superstition, totems and taboos is one of the prime drivers of the covert owl trade, finds a TRAFFIC India investigation into the illegal trade, trapping and utilization of owls in India.
TRAFFIC India’s report entitled “Imperilled Custodians of the Night” was launched today by Shri Jairam Ramesh, Hon. Minister of Environment and Forests at his office in New Delhi.
Lyon, France, 2nd November 2010—A worldwide operation co-ordinated by INTERPOL in 51 countries across five continents targetted the illegal trade in reptiles and amphibians and resulted in many arrests and the seizure of thousands of animals and illicit products worth more than EUR25 million.